Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fundamentalism: Benedict XVI Vs Francis I

I had forgotten about Pope Benedict's homily given during April 2005, but was reminded of it by Vox Cantoris.  Benedict too spoke on fundamentalism.  However, his thoughts give appropriate due to Tradition and objective truth.  He acknowledged "fundamentalism" to be a positive good, as it denotes fidelity to immutable truth.  During his homily, the Pope Emeritus said:  "Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine, seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires."

Regrettably, we hear in Pope Francis' denunciation of fundamentalism the very "dictatorship of relativism" decried by his predecessor.

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